Prepare For Long Holiday Traveling

The important thing that you have to do before you leave the house for holiday is by unplugging any unnecessary equipment that connect to electricity like TV, radio, computer, air conditioner, and so forth. This can help you to reduce the use of electricity as well as reduce the chance of fire while you are away. Also, it is important to hide the sign that you are away in order to avoid the burglar comes. You can ask someone to take your daily newspaper, mail, and set your lights on timer so that your house does not look empty.

Moreover, before you start the journey, it is better for you to prepare the map in order to avoid getting lost during the trip. Bring the map which includes directions that easy to read so that you will not get difficulty to find the place you are searching for. Also, do not forget to find information about the weather of your destination. Do not let bad weather disturb your holiday.

Furthermore, checking out the condition of your car is also important before you go for long holiday traveling. Bring your car to the car shed if you can not check it by yourself. Just make sure that everything is in good condition in order to make you comfortable while you are on the road.

In addition, since you will leave your house for long time for holiday, you need to ask someone to take care of your pets. Do not forget to leave your number to the keeper of your pets so that they can contact you easily if they need to ask something about your pets.

Finally, if you want to get your holiday to be safe, happy, and joyful, you need to take time to prepare for the trip. Just make sure that everything is already checked and finished so that your holiday will be perfect. Have a nice holiday!

Travel Light With One Bag

If you are going out of the country, the better thing to do is to buy clothes from the street, instead of packing that luxurious, branded stuff. They can be worn and dumped, and need not be brought back. Carry instant ready to eat food this will save your time and you will get more fun instead of arranging something to eat. Pack your bag neatly; things will occupy less space then.

If you are planning to go aboard then definitely you will bring something from that country. So pack your luggage and bags accordingly. Overloaded with heavy luggage and extra bags will not give you more independent and you will not get more fun.

Quick Tips for Traveling Light

1. Choose a lightweight and easy to carry bag.
2. Check weather report of the place you are going to travel. Put cloths according to its climatic condition.
3. Organize your packing space carefully and put items inside of other items to utilize maximum space.
4. Keep your sunglasses, hand lotion, ear plugs, snacks, lipsticks, toothbrush, comb, pen, water, medicines and other necessary items in the top of your bag or in a separate hand bag.
5. Keep your ID, visa, credit cards and money in a security pouch. Also keep some small currency in your pocket for little purchases.

Traveling in the Tropics

First and foremost, travel in the tropics means you’re basking under the glorious warmth of a stronger sun than you’re used to. As you revel in that gorgeous tan you’re developing, it is worth remembering to take precautions against sun burn and dehydration. Carry your sun block and drinking water around wherever you go, and not just when you’re at the beach. Dress in cool cottons to keep the humidity at bay, and wear a hat and sunglasses.

While swimming in the sea, watch out for jelly fish stings and other similar hazards that can put a damper on your holiday cheer. If you discover a seemingly idyllic and deserted beach where the sea appears calm, think twice, thrice or more before you dive in. Some areas have strong undercurrents that just might send you on your last vacation in the sky. Always get enough information from local authorities about the best and safest places to bathe before deciding to strike out on your own, whether it’s for a swim or a hike.

Eating out is an exciting adventure when travelling in the tropics. Strange cuisines ranging from fragrant to the grotesque tempt and dare your palate into trying things you normally would beat away with a stick. Well, you’re on holiday and it’s only natural to want to try anything once. This could result in anything from irritable bowel syndrome to Delhi belly. Well, now would be a good time to remind you to carry toilet tissue with you if you intend to be away from your hotel for a long time. Most toilets, especially in rural areas, do not stock tissue and you can save yourself tonnes of embarrassment if you have some with you!

You don’t have to have something exotic to upset your stomach; even a mundane salad or iced drink can make you double over from bacteria in contaminated water. Avoid salads and ice unless you’re sure of the source. Wash all fresh fruits thoroughly or better yet, eat only what you can peel. Make sure you carry medication for holiday tummy or food poisoning recommended by your doctor at home. Drinking from the tap is not an option in most countries. It’s safer to carry your trusty brand of bottled water with you from your hotel if you intend to be out all day.

Mosquito repellents and bug sprays are a must when travelling in the tropics. Consult your doctor about the need for malaria vaccinations before you set out. While in the tropics try and stay indoors during late evenings when the mosquitoes swarm around. Shut doors and windows or use screens if they are available. You’ll be better off in the hilly areas where you get to enjoy all the benefits of tropical countries without the hassle of blood sucking insects.

Before travelling to the tropics, discuss with your travel agent and your doctor, the need for certain immunizations such as yellow fever, depending on the area you’re travelling to and general ones such as tetanus shots. Some countries require mandatory shots, while others don’t seem to stress the need for any. Consult your doctor about the need for rabies shots if you intend to travel to remote areas or be in contact with animals. It would be in your interests, especially if travelling with kids, to check what applies to you.

Carry your own stock of first aid supplies including pain killers, band aids, disinfectants and even sterile disposable needles in case you need an injection are a good idea if you intend visiting remote areas. Make sure you get up to date information about seasonal viruses that are about at your tropical destination. Get authentic information about occasional health hazards such as bird flu, dengue fever, or other epidemics that may be making the rounds.

Read up on the place you intend to visit. Having an idea of what to expect, local customs, and food habits will smooth your transition and help you relax into your vacation more quickly. Getting to know the local people and gaining an understanding of their way of life and culture enriches your vacation in many ways, giving you a far deeper perspective of the place you are visiting. But don’t abandon your native caution entirely as you relax, as touts or scammers can be rampant around tourist spots anywhere in the world. Watch out for pick pockets and petty crime. Never pull out a wad of notes in public. Always keep small change in separate pockets for easy access.

Travel Reservations

Flight Arrangements

Get your flight ticket ahead of time. While you can use a stand by ticket this might not be a good thing if you have children or elderly people with you.

Passports:  You forgot to apply for what?

You will be surprised to know that one of the things the first Space travelers had was a set of passports. Early space flight was planned exceptionally well, but there was the chance that a capsule would enter the atmosphere and drift into a foreign country. They could then show their passports to a farmer who might have never heard of America. If this rule is still followed I am not sure.

Look at the following:

1. Make sure you have a passport

2. When does it expire?

3. Will it expire while you are on holiday?

4. Can you travel on a temporary passport?

5. Get a passport long before you need one.

6. Before you go make sure you have spare pages especially if you will visit different countries.

Visas: You need your visa when?

Find out if you need to have a visa. Sometimes you can get a visa on the border. Do not go to Mozambique from South Africa only to find you need to go back 400km because you need to apply in Pretoria. Do not assume anything when you need a visa. While a visa application can be handled in hours, some demand you apply a week in advance. Check the internet for the correct period, and office.

Super Tip: Certain countries demand you hand in your application before a certain time in the morning. Do not think you can slip in at the last second. Trust me I have had to turn around and come back the next day. While the person behind the glass will look at you and listen to your sad story they have a right to refuse your application. They often do.

 Currency Exchange:  You want to pay with what?

Get your traveler checks by arranging it with the bank ahead of time. You may exchange money into a different currency on the airport but make sure you have enough to last until you can exchange more money at a hotel or other convenient places. Convert your money at banks whenever possible as they give better rates than hotels, travel agencies, exchange booths and tourist offices.  It is more expensive to purchase the currency in your own country than it is once you have reached your destination.

Health:  You really need all these pills?

Follow the rules because if you entered or will enter certain countries you need to prove you have taken the prescribed medication or had the injections. Arrange health insurance and if you have a chronic illness talk to your doctor for help. Get the medication for your epilepsy, heart condition and wear your Medic Alert Identification Tag. Keep the medication in the original labeled vials.

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